FCS Top 25 Roundup - Week 10

(SportsNetwork.com) - Forgive members of the Chattanooga football program if they decided late Saturday night to wait an extra week to turn back the clock.

The 14th-ranked Mocs took sole possession of first place in the Southern Conference by romping past Western Carolina, 51-0, Saturday in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Still, there's more work to be done. If the Mocs (6-3, 5-0) defeat Wofford (5-3, 3-1) at home next Saturday, they will clinch the SoCon's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs and be postseason-bound for the first time since 1984.

The Mocs dominated in every way while posting their third straight win and handing upstart WCU (6-3, 4-1) its first loss in the conference. The Mocs, who led 38-0 at halftime, posted a 512-102 advantage in yards.

Keon Williams rans for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and finished with 194 yards on 19 carries. Junior quarterback Jacob Huesman had three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and upped his career total yards to 7,174, just 73 shy of Chris Sanders' school record.

"In six years here, this was our most complete game (offensively and defensively)," coach Russ Huesman said. "That's a good Western Carolina team, and to play that well against a quality team with some really good players is huge. I don't remember a game that even came close to this one in quality.

"Keon Williams and the defense really stood out in this one."


The Sports Network FCS Top 25

No. 1 North Dakota State (9-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley) 37,

No. 18 South Dakota State (5-4, 2-3) 17

Senior running back John Crockett ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and junior quarterback Carson Wentz accounted for 225 yards of offense (115 passing, 100 rushing) and two total touchdowns in NDSU's 33rd straight win, an FCS record.

Defensive end Kyle Emmanuel recorded 10 tackles, forced a fumble and had four sacks and a quarterback hurry of SDSU's Austin Sumner, who made his return from an early season injury.

South Dakota State led 10-6 at halftime, but was outscored 31-7 in the second half. Senior running back Zach Zenner rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.


No. 2 New Hampshire (7-1, 5-0 CAA) 49, No. 23 Albany (6-3, 2-3) 24

New Hampshire wide receiver R.J. Harris (10 receptions, 108 yards) caught two touchdowns and rushed for one in the first half.

Nico Steriti rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns, and the Wildcats built a 42-3 lead after three quarters.

Albany's Omar Osbourne, the CAA Football rushing leader, had 21 yards on 10 carries.


No. 3 Coastal Carolina (9-0, 3-0 Big South) 38, Gardner-Webb (4-5, 0-2) 14

Coastal quarterback Alex Ross was 29-for-43 for a career-high 351 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Tyrell Blanks.

Blanks (five receptions, 105 yards) and Bruce Mapp (10 receptions, 107 yards) both went over 100 receiving yards.


No. 13 Richmond (7-2, 4-1) 10, No. 4 Villanova (7-2, 4-1) 9

Quarterback Michael Rocco's 15-yard touchdown run with 6:18 remaining in the third quarter gave Richmond a 10-9 lead, and the Spiders knocked Villanova out of first place in the CAA.

Richmond kept Villanova quarterback John Robertson relatively in check. The redshirt junior was 12-for-25 for 139 yards and one touchdowns with one interception, and he needed 22 carries to get 65 yards.

Place-kicker Steve Weyler missed the PAT attempt after 'Nova went ahead 9-3 in the third quarter.


No. 5 Jacksonville State (7-1, 5-0 OVC) 56, Austin Peay (1-8, 1-4) 0

Jacksonville State rolled up 655 yards of offense, including 416 on the ground, to maintain first place in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Quarterback Eli Jenkins had 221 yards of total offense and both a touchdown pass and rush. DaMarcus James ran for 99 yards and a touchdown and Miles Jones scored three of the Gamecocks' seven rushing touchdowns.

Austin Peay managed only 146 yards.


No. 6 Eastern Washington (8-2, 5-1 Big Sky) 54, North Dakota (3-6, 1-4) 3

Quarterback Jordan West was 24-for-37 for 314 yards and two touchdowns and Cooper Kupp caught nine passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, helping EWU its largest win in 27 seasons as a member of the Big Sky Conference (212 games).

The Eagles forced four turnovers, including Jordan Talley's fumble recovery for a touchdown off a kickoff return.

Quincy Talley rushed for two touchdowns in the win.


No. 22 Northern Iowa (5-4, 3-2 Missouri Valley) 42,

No. 7 Illinois State (7-1, 4-1) 28

David Johnson had 255 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as Northern Iowa overcame five turnovers to knock off previously unbeaten Illinois State at the UNI-Dome.

Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich tied the game at 21 with a 76-yard touchdown run with nine minutes to play. But Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for the go-ahead score.

His second TD run of the game - on an 18-yard carry with 4:12 left - extended the lead to 35-21.

Coprich had a game-high 166 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. Johnson finished with 129 yards on 29 carries.


Cal Poly (6-3, 5-1 Big Sky) 35, No. 8 Montana State (6-3, 4-1) 27

Cal Poly completed an eight-day sweep of Big Sky powers Montana and Montana State, stopping the Bobcats with 376 rushing yards and a Karlton Dennis late- game interception to end a rally by the visitors.

Kori Garcia (124 yards, one touchdown), Chris Brown (97 yards, two touchdowns) and Brandon Howe (86 yards, one touchdown) spearheaded the triple option. Brown also passed for a touchdown.

Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop had 296 total yards (167 passing, 129 rushing), while Anthony Knight scored on a pair of runs.


No. 9 McNeese State (6-2, 4-1 Southland) 35,

Northwestern State (4-5, 2-3) 28

McNeese State built a 35-3 halftime lead and survived Northwestern State signal caller Zach Adkins' three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

McNeese dominated the game clock behind the rushing of Ryan Ross (93 yards, one touchdown), Dylan Long (88 yards, three touchdowns) and quarterback Daniel Sams (50 yards, one touchdown).

Ed Eagan caught 10 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown in the loss.


No. 10 Fordham (8-1, 4-0 Patriot 37, Colgate (4-5, 2-3) 13

Peter Maetzold, subbing for starting quarterback Michael Nebrich, threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair in the first quarter to Tebucky Jones Jr.

Running back Chase Edmonds added 119 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

With a win over Bucknell on Friday, Fordham would clinch the Patriot League's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.


No. 11 Youngstown State (7-2, 4-1 Missouri Valley) 28,

South Dakota (2-7, 0-5) 17

Running backs Martin Ruiz (185 yards, one touchdown) and Jody Webb (128 yards, two touchdowns) helped Youngstown State average seven yards per carry in a 313- yard ground assault.

Quarterback Hunter Wells passed for 244 yards and one touchdown as the Penguins overcame three turnovers. Andrew Williams caught six passes for 140 yards, including a 58-yard TD.


No. 12 Montana (6-3, 4-1 Big Sky) 31, Sacramento State (4-5, 1-4) 13

Jordan Canada rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns and Montana held Sacramento State quarterback Garrett Safron to one total touchdown (on a late run) while rebounding from its first Big Sky loss.

Linebacker Kendrick Van Ackeren had a game-high nine tackles with a 59-yard interception return. The Grizzlies broke up 10 passes, including Joshua Dennard with three.


No. 15 Southeastern Louisiana (6-3, 4-1 Southland), Idle


No. 16 Eastern Kentucky (8-1, 5-1 OVC) 56, Tennessee State (4-6, 1-5) 42

Running back Dy'Shawn Mobley (three touchdown runs) and quarterback Jared McClain (three total touchdowns) both rushed for 139 yards as EKU kept pace with first-place Jacksonville State heading into next weekend's OVC showdown.

The Colonels forced turnovers. Tennessee State quarterback Michael German passed for 326 yards and three of his four touchdowns to Isaiah Freeman.


James Madison (6-3, 3-2 CAA) 31, No. 17 William & Mary (5-4, 2-3) 24

Vad Lee's 9-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre' Smith with 47 seconds remaining lifted James Madison from a 24-23 deficit and to its fourth straight win.

Lee was 26-for-40 for 324 yards and three touchdowns.

For William & Mary, which has lost three of its last four games, Mikal Abdul- Saboor carried the ball 29 times for 124 yards and one touchdown.


No. 19 Indiana State (6-3, 3-2 Missouri Valley) 20,

Missouri State (4-5, 1-4) 18

Indiana State prevailed after the lead changed three times on field goals in the final 2:06. The difference was Eric Heidorn's 38-yarder with six seconds remaining, which followed a Marcelo Bonani 41-yarder to give MSU an 18-17 lead with 42 seconds left.

LeMonte Booker rushed for 116 yards, and running back Dimitri Taylor and wide receiver Robert Tonyan Jr. both scored touchdowns in the win.


No. 20 Harvard (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) 23, Dartmouth (5-2, 3-1) 12

Harvard won a showdown of the Ivy League's first-place teams as Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for a career-high 180 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

Seitu Smith II threw a 37-yard touchdown to fellow wide receiver Anthony Firkser for the Crimson, who are on an 11-game winning streak.


No. 21 Bethune-Cookman (7-2, 4-1 MEAC) 34,

North Carolina Central (4-5, 3-2) 20

Anthony Jordan rushed for three touchdowns in the final 13:50 as Bethune- Cookman overcame a 20-13 deficit after three quarters.

Wildcats quarterback Larry Brihm passed for 119 yards and rushed for another 104 yards and one touchdown.


Sam Houston State (5-4, 4-1 Southland) 42,

No. 24 Stephen F. Austin (6-3, 3-2) 28

Sam Houston State won the Battle of the Piney Woods for the fourth straight season at NRG Stadium.

Sam Houston's Keshawn Hill rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns to outperform SFA's Gus Johnson, who had 24 carries for 148 yards and one touchdown.


No. 25 Bryant (7-1, 3-0 Northeast) 31, Central Connecticut State (2-7, 0-4) 3

Ricardo McCray rushed for a career-high 243 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries to power Bryant to a fourth straight win. Paul Canevari added another 116 yards on 18 carries.

CCSU senior standout Rob Hollomon had only 11 yards from scrimmage. Bryant defensive end Jeff Covitz had 3.5 tackles for loss among his seven stops.